As a GP, I do get people coming to see me worried about taking steroids for their asthma. I do reassure them that the low doses we prescribe in inhalers is usually enough to control their asthma without causing any major problems. So they're very safe, and trust me that they're the most effective thing we have. Steroids work by calming down the inflammation in the lungs. It's that inflammation that not only causes symptoms such as cough, wheeze and breathlessness, but it's also inflammation that really gets flared up by pollens, pollution, stress, exercise, things like that. So, by treating that underlying inflammation with a low-dose steroid inhaler, what we can do is help prevent people having symptoms and massive flare-ups that end up with them being in hospital. If you need steroid tablets, whether they're on a short-term basis or a very occasionally long-term, it's again to treat the inflammation in the lungs, it's just is having to treat a lot more inflammation to try and keep you safe, and keep you well. Corticosteroids, often known as steroids, are an anti-inflammatory medicine prescribed for a wide range of conditions. They're a man-made version of hormones normally produced by the adrenal glands (two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys). Corticosteroids are available in different forms, including: Corticosteroids can also be used to replace certain hormones that are not being produced by the body naturally – for example, in people with Addison's disease. Corticosteroids will only be prescribed if the potential benefits of treatment outweigh the risks. They will also be prescribed at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. There aren't usually any severe side effects if you take steroid injections, a steroid inhaler, or a short course of steroid tablets. However, prolonged treatment at high doses – particularly with steroid tablets – can cause problems in some people.
Prednisolone is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid or steroid. Corticosteroids are not the same as anabolic steroids. Prednisolone is used to treat a wide range of health problems including allergies, blood disorders, skin diseases, infections, certain cancers and to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. It also damps down your immune system, which can help in autoimmune illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, where your immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Prednisolone is available only on prescription as tablets and as a liquid to drink. It can also be given by injection but this is usually only done in hospital. It's important to take prednisolone as your doctor has advised. The usual dose varies between 5mg and 60mg daily - 1ml of liquid prednisolone is usually equal to 10mg. Ophthalmic prednisolone reduces the irritation, redness, burning, and swelling of eye inflammation caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, infection, allergy, or foreign bodies in the eye. Prednisolone is in a class of medications called steroids. It prevents swelling and redness by changing the way the immune system works. Ophthalmic prednisolone comes as a solution (liquid) and a suspension (eye drops) to instill in the eye and as an eye ointment to apply to the eye. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use prednisolone eye drops or eye ointment exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Continue to use prednisolone eye drops or eye ointment even if you feel well.
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